What did I just read?! All the Ugly and Wonderful Thingsisn’t your typical love story. It’s between a child and man. *Shocking, I know.*
While at lunch with my husband the other day I said to him, “So, I’m reading this really interesting story. It’s about an 8-year-old girl and this 20-year-old guy.” Let’s just say my husband looked at me wearily as I went on to explain what I had read up to that point. When I made mention he should give the book a try he shook his head and said, “Nope! Not going to happen.” . *LOL*
Okay, so this book isn’t for everyone. And honestly, it’s not my normal read either. But what it’s not is some raunchy love story with pervy sex in it. It’s about a young man who happens to care for a girl that no one else cares for and how their love (not sex) grows over the course of many years.
It’s compelling because it’s written in many different points of view. From the main characters to the teacher, to the family members, to the roommates… etc. Viewing the situation from their eyes was interesting to see how they interpreted the situation.
Two people in the story summed the book up for me:
“…., but the fact is, he loved that girl. He treated her good, took care of her, made sure she went to school. He looked out for her when nobody else did.” ~Mr. Cutcheon (Kellen’s employer)
“I wanted a fairy tale ending for Wavy, because if she could find happiness, there would be hope for me, too.” ~Renee (Wavy’s friend)
I was glued to the pages of this book because of the way the story was told. The author, Bryn Greenwood, brought a conversational story to life on the page of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. This is a book that won’t soon be forgotten.
Hey, mom, if you’re reading this review … this is NOT a book for you to read. Just sayin’.